Sunday, January 30, 2011
Today my mum arrived in London. Today also happens to be her birthday and what she wanted to do more than anything was "go to the ocean!!" So we jumped on a train and went to visit the ocean. Mild weather and fairly clear skies, what more could we have asked for? We ended the afternoon eating good ol' traditional English fish & chips at a restaurant overlooking the water - it was perfectly lovely. Happy birthday mum! x
Friday, January 28, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
My lovely BFF, SLC, sent me the best belated b-day/x-mas box full of gifts last week. I came home to find the massive box sitting on my kitchen table and jumped up and down full of excitement. Inside, I found, that SLC had put together a box full of all my favourite things! A super cute Marie Antoinette plate- perfect for Joli's breakfasts! Light blue nail polish a la Clueless (our fave movie ever, obviously), lip care, cute socks, a Brooklyn tote and... RECIPE CARDS!! What Joli has always wanted! Thank you, SLC!! Hearts, hearts, hearts - "WAHevaaaaaah!" xx
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
J'adore my little surprise potato love heart that i came across while cooking the other night!
And no, Joli does not have large man hands, she has lovely delicate hands of course! That is the hand of Joli's special friend...
Monday, January 17, 2011
Crabcakes and rocket salad with figs is a perfect Sunday afternoon snack.
This is quite a complicated recipe... put two store-bought crabcakes into the oven for 20 minutes, then serve with a side of salad and fresh figs! Easy, quick and delicious - not so complicated afterall.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Happy Sunday!! Joli just found her new favourite magazine! Cellardoor is an online magazine from London with an incredibly cute aesthetic, and content that ranges from fashion to food to decor - everything Joli LOVES!! This magazine may have been made especially for Joli, or at least with her in mind.
Click HERE to check out their current issue. x
1. Beautiful birthday lilacs
2. Meghan's hungry and Simon wants some too!
3. The birthday girl!
4. We were all taking pics not ignoring each other, I swear.
5. Cake and candles for Donna!
Last Wednesday, Torontonians gathered in Dalston to celebrate the 29th birthday of the lovely Donna. A Little of What You Fancy was the restaurant of choice for the evening, and I could not believe I had never notice such a gem of a place in the midst of the, well, ghetto (don't be upset Dalston, I do love you). The resto is situated on Kingsland Road and specializes in cooking authentic British food and selling fresh produce from local growers and suppliers. That's right, fresh food from local neighborhood gardens - you know how Joli feels about Urban Farming! The next time you find yourself hungry and wandering the streets of Dalston, I highly recommend stopping by and treating yourself to a little of what you fancy!
Friday, January 14, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
As soon as I left London and headed to Toronto for the holidays, the boyf went into survival mode - eating whatever was left in the house and a lot of frozen pizzas. Feeling a bit sorry for him, upon my return I made one of his fave meals and a surprise cheesecake from scratch! I haven't make a cheesecake in years but I must say it turned out pretty good so thought I'd share the recipe.
For the pie crust, I used the same recipe used for my quiche which can be found HERE, the only difference is that I added 1 tbsp of brown sugar and threw in some crushed almond flakes. Pre-heat the oven to 350F/180C, once the shortcrust has been mixed and formed into a ball, roll it out on a lightly floured surface and then place in a 9" springform cake pan. Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, remove and allow to cool completely. Reduce the oven to 300F/150C.
For the filling:
2 packs (3 ounces) plain cream cheese - softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 large eggs
zest and juice of one lemon
2 tsp vanilla
mix the cream cheese and sugar together, then beat in the eggs one at a time, eventually adding the lemon juice, zest and vanilla.
Pour the filling into the cooled pie crust in the springform pan and place in the oven and bake for 50 minutes - I added some almond flakes to the top half way through - the filling should be set 1 1/2 inches from the edge, with a wobbly middle - it will continue to set while cooling.
Top with fresh raspberries and enjoy!
Thursday, January 6, 2011
My parents stopped buying christmas trees a few years ago, when my mom found a faux palm tree covered in christmas lights that she now prefers to use instead. As fun as it is, there is just something about a faux palm tree that doesn't quite capture the magical christmas qualities of a real tree - even when covered in christmas lights. Luckily, my aunt and uncle's MASSIVE tree held up for our belated xmas dinner last Sunday night, pretty non?